Leonidas Polk

Yankees Afoot in the County

November 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

First regiment dispatched in pursuit of Thompson ~ Nov. 1, 1861 Orders from HQ ~ Wallace to reinforce Oglesby ~ Nov. 5, 1861 Motion of the troops alerted everyone. The wildlife; the water fowl, the Rebels encamped at Belmont. Scouts and spies had already relayed the sketchy information to Col. Read more

Movements Detected

September 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Columbus Fortified Camp Johnston occupied at Belmont The sounds of the Pick Iron could be Heard rippling across the water as Battery Emplacements were carved into the Bluffs. The Iron Banks were most hospitable to the Rebel Forces. The layout of the Chalk Bluffs gave the Confederates the High Read more

You Can See For Miles

September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

It wasn’t the First Time they’d been here. But, it was the Best. The Times had come and the neutrality of Kentucky ~ at peril since the Firing on Sumter in April  ~ violated. Confederate troops were streaming up the Road and headed toward the Chalk Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi. Read more

Ill Winds of the Air in Late August 1861

August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Grant 100, 000 Strong At Cairo ~ Polk ; Pillow securing Mississippi Valley ~ Those were the highlights from Trooper’s dispatch. It was nothing new to anyone who had bothered watching the buildup after the Firing on Fort Sumpter. The next move was obviously clear. Who would make the first Read more

Orders Issued: Reconnoiter Extensively ~ Urgent

August 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

URGENT ~ Rebels In Kentucky ***UPDATE ~ Confederate Forces are reported to be inside the Kentucky Border at Hickman. Gen. Gideon Pillow with an Advance Party of Rebels have found their way across the Kentucky/Tennessee State Line and are now thought to be moving toward Columbus. General  Grant ~ Read more